Letters to the Editor 3-31-14


The glory days of deer hunting in Ohio are over. The Department of Natural Resources, which by law is required to conserve the deer herd, has instead destroyed it.
The unelected bureaucrats that run the division of wildlife, Chief Scott Zody and Deer Herd Administrator Mike Tonkovich, have no incentive to protect the herd. Instead, like others before them, they can take a lucrative retirement from the state and walk out of office with a smile on their face and a skip in their step.
Mr. Tonkovich has repeatedly stated that a smaller deer herd is a good thing because it means fewer farmer complaints and fewer vehicle accidents. This begs the question. Who is he really representing here, big agriculture and big insurance companies or his legally mandated duty to protect and preserve wildlife for future generations?
Their latest proposal to allow handgun cartridges chambered in rifles for deer hunting is another example of their basic ignorance and incompetence.
Chief Zody has been publicly quoted as stating that these cartridges are not a 30-06. Apparently he does not know much about firearms, because the 375 Winchester, 38-55, 444 Marlin, 45-70, 45-90, 45-110, 50-70, 50-90, 50-100, and 50-110, are by no means pistol ammunition.
Ohio is way too populated to be using these types of ammunition. These weapons will shoot through a house, motor vehicle, school bus or church at distances up to a mile or more. Apparently he has never watched the movie Quigly Down Under where the main character utilized a Shiloh Sharps 45-110 to regularly shoot distances of 1,200 yards or more accurately without modern day optics.
Not long ago, a horrible tragedy occurred in Holmes County. A muzzle loader discharged and killed a young girl in a buggy that was a mile away. That muzzle loader was a toy compared to the modern, high powered cartridges that they are talking about allowing now. These are the very same cartridges that destroyed the great buffalo herds and the grizzly bear.
I guess they now want to use them to finish off the deer herd in Ohio. And as far as Chief Zody’s comments about the 30-06, I will be happy to meet him on the firing line with my 45-110 Sharps reproduction and he can bring his 30-06. We will see who knocks down the steel ram at 1,000 yards.
Randy Wilhelm

Mark Cares (column, Mar. 14) is an oil field worker who thinks he knows everything about the safety of our air, water, and soil. In fact, all he knows is what he has been told.
I grew up in Cygnet. The air smelled like oil and the water from our well tasted like oil.
Go to the web site, http://dangersoffracking.com. Here are some of the facts.
• 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of poison chemicals is needed to run our current wells.
• There is over 1,000 documented cases of water contaminated next to areas of gas drilling as well as many cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to contaminated water.
• 30-50 percent of fracturing fluid is left in open pits to evaporate, releasing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere, creating contaminated air, acid rain, and ground level ozone.
The cronies were tired of paying for storage of the poison bi-products accumulated such as lead, mercury, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, and formaldehyde, so what better way to make those poison chemicals disappear?
In response to David C. Breidenbach (letter, March 15), losing coal is no reason to frack. Hemp charcoal is the total replacement. He said fracking can be abusive, become deadly, and can be done safely if carefully regulated.
No, it is the king of abusive and deadly. All that to bring some dead-end jobs and a pile of money to the 1 percent who has a history of pulling vast amounts out of the land owners payments to buy basketball teams and stone mansions.
It cannot be done safely, no how, no way. David brought up some important facts, and I appreciated them.
Terry Cook

I read The Courier’s article on Treasurer Josh Mandel honoring Scott Wasserman, an employee of Findlay Machine and Tool (Page A3, March 25). Manufacturing employees often are overlooked and not honored for their hard work and dedication. As a college student at the University of Findlay, I recognize that manufacturing is a key component of Ohio’s economy.
Without an influx of skilled employees into the vocational career field, it will hurt Ohio’s manufacturing industry. This is why students need to be educated about occupations in the trade fields. I support “Ohio Strong,” the new program that Treasurer Mandel has started to educate students about the opportunities present in the manufacturing field, and to emphasize existing employees that excel in their trade.
With these types of efforts, Ohio’s economic progression will continue in the right direction.
Justin Stoll

President Obama’s logic is flawed and corrupted. It’s in conflict with the Holy Scriptures. Jesus and Paul taught free will giving to the poor.
Socialism and communism forces the issue and takes away man’s freedom. But those ideologies have two classes of people; the poor and the ruling class, the haves and the have nots.
Only capitalism allows for the middle class. Compared to the ’40s and ’50s, today’s middle class is more like the upper class used to be. Ambition is good, driving a person to better themselves. Greed is bad and wants what the other person has earned.
Youth can be challenged to do better by hardship or inspired by positive input to have a vision for the future. Teaching them to envy and feel entitled makes them self-defeating victims. It destroys self respect, initiative and vision.
I recommend parents do a serious study of Dr. Ben Carson’s journey to real success. He was reared in the slums of Detroit by his single, but wise mother.
Wayne Baldridge


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